Events and Programs
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
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Program Schedule for 2017

All events will be held at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse unless otherwise noted. 
All programs are conducted by, or in cooperation with, the Schuylkill County Department of Parks and Recreation.


**** Zumba® fitness offered at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
The Zumba® program fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away. Our goal is simple: We want you to want to work out, to love working out, to get hooked. Zumba® Fanatics achieve long-term benefits while experiencing an absolute blast in one exciting hour of calorie-burning, body-energizing, awe-inspiring movements meant to engage and captivate for life!
The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms and resistance training are combined to tone and sculpt your body while burning fat. Add some Latin flavor and international zest into the mix and you've got a Zumba® class!
Sessions will be held Monday evenings from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM.
The  fee is $6.00 per session.  Start any time.  Registration is requested but not required.
Call Denise @ 717-269-3214 or deniseswonger@gmail.com for more information.

****Canoe and Kayak  Rental Concession
Saturday, May 27th, Opens at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse on Memorial Day weekend
Canoes, Kayaks, Rowboats. $10.00/hour, $17.00 for two hours, $25.00 for 3 hours, $30.00 for 4 hours.
Canoes and rowboats seat up to 3, kayaks seat one.  PFD and paddles are supplied.
WEEKENDS ONLY, except for Memorial Day Monday, July 4th and Labor Day Monday. Watercraft available on a first come first serve basis.
Times are 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
For boat rental information call 570-345-8952 during the week to make reservations for upcoming weekends (leave a message) On weekends after 11:00 AM call 570-345-3537. Call 570-345-8952 for information for groups.
Last rental is at 6:00 PM. All boats must be returned by 7:00 PM.
Rentals will be made if weather and lake conditions permit and staff is available.
Driver’s license or ID required.  NO CARDS – CASH OR CHECK ONLY
Disc Golf Rentals- Same location and hours as boat rentals.  $20.00 deposit/rental returned when 3 discs are returned.

****Memorial Day Concert
M & J Big Band will perform at the Large Pavilion on the grounds of the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29 from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  Start the summer off right with some great music. This will be the first performance of the “Big Band” at Sweet Arrow.  Their smaller Jazz Combo played to rave reviews at our Christmas event for the past two years.  This  outdoor concert is free and open to the public and is part of the Sweet Arrow Arts in the Park Program.  Please bring lawn chairs This performance was supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
(Raindate – June 8)   For information call 570-345-8952.


**** Introduction to Canoeing and Kayaking
Monday, May 29th from 2:00 PM.  Meet at the Canoe Launch near the Clubhouse.
Ever want to try canoeing or kayaking?  This program will introduce you to the basics of boating safety, paddling and control.  Preregistration is required.  Number of participants will be limited.  Suitable for teens and adults.  Call 570-345-8952 to register.  This program is free.

**** Fish for free at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park
Memorial Day (May 29th) and July 4th   Some things in life are free.  The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission allows anyone, resident or non-resident to fish without a fishing license.  It is the perfect way to reacquaint yourself to the sport or introduce someone young or old to a lifetime of the sport of fishing.  Fish-for-free days are held twice a year and apply to all waters of the Commonwealth.  All other fishing regulations still apply.

****Kaska Ukrainian Folk Ensemble
Wednesday, June 7 @ 7:00pm at the Sweet Arrow Lake Clubhouse.
Schuylkill County is a melting pot woven with a diverse and colorful tapestry of cultural backgrounds. At Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, we like to highlight the interesting traditions of those cultures whenever possible.   Since 1987, the KAZKA Ukrainian Folk Ensemble has been entertaining and educating audiences with their unique blend of traditional and contemporary Ukrainian folk songs, music, and dance.  KAZKA is comprised of the vocal quartet of Paula Holoviak, soprano, Sandra Duda, alto, Joseph Zucofski, tenor and guitar, and Michael Duda, baritone, guitar, percussion, accordion, and mandolin. The ensemble's repertoire includes traditional melodies from the Carpathian Mountains and the Lemko region (Southwestern Ukraine), patriotic songs from WWI, romantic ballads and folk songs of central Ukraine, and modern compositions by 20th century Ukrainian songwriters.  In addition to the vocal quartet, the ensemble includes a twenty member dance ensemble. The group emphasizes technique and authenticity in both regional choreography and costuming.  KAZKA has performed locally, regionally and internationally including a 1992 tour of Ukraine and a 2004 appearance at Disneyworld in Florida. This performance is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED!!! – due to limited seating.  To make reservations, please call 570-345-8952 or 570-345-4963 (if no answer please leave a message your call will be returned)

**** Kayak Demo Day
Saturday, June 10th, 3 - 5:30 pm (Rain date June 11th)   
Boat Launch Area on Sweet Arrow Lake Road
Thinking about getting a kayak? The Lazy River Riders' Kayak Club has just the thing to help you take the plunge with confidence. Try a variety of boats, sit in them, and give them a paddle on the lake to help you choose the one for you!  Club members will be furnishing their boats & knowledge to help you make a wise purchase.
This is a shine only event.
Pre-registration  required by calling 570-624-3018.

****Yoga and Mindfulness Walking
To be held on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at the Waterfall Road Pavilion of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park, Pine Grove.  The practice of mindfulness can bring many benefits to your emotional and physical health, as well as to the relationships in your life. Mindfulness is an amazing tool for stress management and overall wellness because it can be used at virtually any time and can quickly bring lasting results. “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District highlights the importance of bringing mindfulness into your everyday life.  Participants will practice mindfulness walking and be shown gentle practices that you can take home to help become a happier and healthier you!  All yoga postures will be in standing position only so no mats are needed.  Beginners welcome!  Handouts will be available. 

Fee: $5.00 per person. 
Contact Susan Long for Registration: 570-624-3018

****Wildlife Day Camp
Wildlife Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 9:30-11:00 a.m.

Wildlife Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Eagles, animals, trees and water are just some of the backdrop that can make for a great summer outdoor program. Children are naturally curious and enjoy exploring and learning about plants and animals especially at Sweet Arrow Lake County Park in Pine Grove.

Your child can register for one of two outdoor camps to be held for children ages 4-9. Two camps are offered and include: Day Camp-1 (children from ages 4-6) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 9:30-11:00 a.m. or Day Camp-2 (children from ages 7-9) from Tuesday, June 27 to Thursday, June 29 from 1:00-2:30 p.m.

The camps will be led by “Porcupine Pat” McKinney of the Schuylkill Conservation District and are being run on a “donation only” basis. “We want to make the camps available to all children regardless of ability to pay.” “You can pay for one day or all three days, whatever you decide is fine.” The focus of each camp is learning about wildlife, insects, plants and will include fun activities designed to stimulate curiosity and natural awareness. These camps are sponsored by the Snayberger Memorial Foundation and the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation. All campers must be pre-registered and you can do so by contacting “Porcupine Pat” at the conservation district at 570-622-4124 ext. 113 or via email porcupinepat@yahoo.com

Registration Form!


****Kayaks, Canoes, and Boats, OH MY!
Tuesday, July 4th. 8-830am day of registration
9am Check In-at Clubhouse

On July 4th 2017 a new event will take place at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park and it should be loads of fun for the whole family.  A kayak, canoe and cardboard boat race along with safety and other demonstrations will begin at 9am at the park clubhouse. There will be a number of races including Canoe and Kayak Sprints, Slaloms, Endurance, Log Tow Races as well as Cardboard Boat Races.

There will be 5 age classes for the Canoe and Kayak events and Cardboard Boat races may have a 4 person team and 2 persons must ride in the boat. 

The event is free and open to the public as participants and spectators.  All events will begin at the clubhouse, leaving the boat access area open to fisherman.  Refreshments will be available for sale. Pre-registration is highly recommended and as an incentive, the first 100 to do so before June 1st 2017, will receive a free event t-shirt.  Call Craig Morgan for more information (570) 617 8223.

Send Registration Form to: Craig Morgan
                                               1537 Panther Valley Road
                                                Pine Grove PA 17963

Registration Form!


Flyer!

**** Annual 4th of July Concert in the Park
Tuesday, July 4th.  Concert begins at 6:00 PM.
Enjoy the Patriotic Sounds of the Pine Grove Community Band.  Bring your lawn chair and enjoy the concert at beautiful Sweet Arrow Lake County Park. 
Come early and take a walk on the boardwalk and trails. Enjoy the view of the falls, do some fishing, boating or spend some time simply relaxing in the Park.
The concert begins at 6:00 PM and is free to the public.

****Sneak A Peak at the Creek
Saturday, July 8 from 10:00-11:00 a.m. meet at Waterfall Parking Lot
A good way to cool off and also better appreciate the aquatic critters in a creek study of the Upper Little Swatara Creek.  Join “Porcupine Pat” in a water adventure in search of mayflies, crayfish, water pennies and more!  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot.  Recommended for ages 6+.  All equipment is provided.

****How Indians used Trees, Rocks, and Beads to Talk
Monday, July 17th from 2:00 to 3:00 PM at the Waterfall Pavilion
This program shows how Indians used their environment to communicate and children make a petroglyph rock to take home. This program is at the Waterfall Pavilion at Sweet Arrow Lake Park between 2 and 3 pm. It is open to children six and above and is presented by Big Owl McSurdy.

****Full Moon Clambake, Walk and Night Float
Saturday, August 5 at the Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Pavilion and Clubhouse
Enjoy a clambake --- take a walk in the Park --- canoe/kayak under the full moon.
Clambake served 6 – 7 pm, walk & float on your own time. Don’t forget the pfd’s and lights.
Clam Bake cost & menu to be announced
Pre-registration & payment are required for clam bake: Call Susan at 570-624-3018 to register for the clambake by July24.
A limited number of canoes are available to rent at $5.00 (half price) on a first come basis. Reservations are required. Call 570-345-8952 to reserve a boat.

*****Eagle Ambassadors
Wednesday, September 6 @ 7pm at the Large Pavilion by the Clubhouse –September 7 Rain Date

Carbon County Environmental Education Center will present a program featuring two species of live Eagles.  “Rennie” their resident Bald Eagle and “Miss Charles” a Golden Eagle are birds that have been rehabilitated at the center after injuries.  Neither bird can return to the wild, so under permit of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Pennsylvania Game Commission, they serve as part of the center’s raptor education program.  Live eagles make for impressive animal ambassadors, and help us talk about the importance of apex predators in an ecosystem. They also help us understand the kinds of hazards these birds face in the wild.  Some of those hazards—like poisoning from accidental ingestion of lead fishing tackle or ammunition left in the environment—are the direct result of human activity. We feel it’s important to talk about those kinds of things, and to remind everyone that there are often environmentally-friendly alternatives for many of the choices we make. We also discuss eagle migration, identification, nesting and feeding habits, and reasons behind the phenomenal increase in bald eagle populations over the past thirty years—this is a story of past success, with important implications for present-day decision-making.  The program will be held outdoors.  Please bring lawn chairs.  (Raindate Sept. 7)   This program is made possible with the help of a grant from the Schuylkill Area Community Foundation.  For directions or info call 570-345-8952


****Fall Bird Walk 
Saturday, September 23rd,  from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Join local naturalist Denise “Nightowl” Donmoyer. Locate and identify from sight and song, resident and migratory species that inhabit the Park.  Maybe even see a Bald Eagle.  Meet in the Waterfall parking lot for this program that is free and open to beginning and experienced birdwatchers.  Walk will be cancelled in event of rain.  Call 570-345-8952 for information.

****Wee Ones Walk—Autumn Adventure
Wednesday, October 18 from 10:00-11:00 a.m.  Meets in the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake.  Heighten your child’s natural curiosity during a sensory nature walk with “Porcupine Pat” of the Schuylkill Conservation District.  The walk focuses on colors, textures, shapes, sounds and smells found in nature.  Recommended for children ages 3-6.

****Stony Valley: A Haunting History
Tuesday, October 24th, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Presented by local historian Brandy Watts
From ghosts and ghouls, witches and warlocks, a murderer and mischief maker or two, hear the haunting tales of Stony Valley’s past. Ten historically-based tales, immersed in the history of Stony Valley, help to relay the darker side of the valley’s history in this approximately 30-minute slideshow.

****Change of Seasons Oldies Dance 
Friday, November 10th, 7:00 PM- 10:00 PM
Sweet Arrow Lake County Park Clubhouse.  Celebrate the change of the seasons with an evening of fun and dancing to the Oldies with great music by “The Legends”.
Admission: $10 advance tickets - $12 at the door. Price includes refreshments.   For tickets or information call Susan at 570-624-3018

****Sweet Arrow Sojourn
Saturday, December 2 from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  “Porcupine Pat” leads us on this adventure featuring a jaunt around the park that includes some nice scenes of the water.  Meets at the Waterfall Road parking lot of Sweet Arrow Lake County Park.  All ages welcome!

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